Bright Blue’s Green conservatism conference will be an opportunity for centre-right politicians, opinion formers, experts, and industry practitioners to discuss and shape future conservative policies and strategy on the environment.
The conference will be held on Wednesday 1st November 2017 at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH. There will be keynote speeches by Claire Perry MP (UK Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry), the Rt Hon Lord Deben (Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change), and the Rt Hon Lord Howard (Former Secretary of State for Environment and Leader of the Conservative Party). Four panel sessions will explore: agriculture and CAP reform; strengthening the role of markets in energy; the future of conservation; and energy security in the UK and Europe.
The UK’s climate-sceptic fringe has been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump in the US and by Brexit to argue for weaker environmental protections. There is an urgent need for a countervailing conservative movement arguing in favour of protecting the environment. Environmental issues are too often seen as exclusively the concern of the political left. Not only does this harm the political appeal of conservatism to voters that care about the environment, but it also risks losing vital pro-market voices from environmental policymaking.
Yet conservatives intuitively understand that each generation has a responsibility to the next to hand on a preserved environmental inheritance. We also understand that concern for the environment is properly rooted in people's concern for and responsibility towards the condition of their local communities. Conservatives in power have a proven track-record of delivering action on the environment. A Conservative Government in the UK led the world in introducing a Clean Air Act in 1956 to tackle urban air pollution. Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made one of the first major international speeches on climate change to the UN General Assembly in 1989. And David Cameron's Conservative Government announced that it would close the UK's remaining coal-fired power stations.
Following the impact and profile of Bright Blue's Green conservatism project, this conference offers a unique opportunity for delegates to build a network of centre-right environmentalists and to discuss the development of centre-right ideas and policies for protecting the environment. To confirm your attendance, please click here for the Eventbrite page.